Last year, Mitsubishi revealed their XM crossover-MPV concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. The automaker also said that they are set to put it into production by October 2017. In a recent development, it appears that Mitsubishi has chosen a name for their newest car.
In a report by Indonesian publication KompasOtomotif, the road going XM may be called Expander. The publication also said that there will be nine variants to choose from once it debuts. As to what variants it will be, KompasOtomotif did not mention these. Aside from the variants, the report also stated that the Expander will be exported to Europe but did not say if ASEAN countries will also get the crossover-MPV.
According to Paul Tan, Mitsubishi has declined to make a comment regarding the name, as well as the variants.
The publication also interviewed Osamu Iwaba, sales and marketing director of Mitsubishi Indonesia. In their story, Iwaba said that their crossover-MPV is set to compete in the “Low MPV” class, better known as the B-segment MPV. Examples of cars in this segment are the Toyota Avanza, Honda Mobilio and the Suzuki Ertiga so one can expect seven seats from the Mitsubishi. In the past, the automaker did confirm that the the production version of their concept will retain a tall ride height. With that, it might just be aimed squarely at the Honda BR-V as well.
When the tentatively-named Expander debuts later this year, it is possible to expect design cues lifted from the XM concept. That concept featured box-flared arches, slim headlights, L-shaped tail lights and the marque's signature 'Dynamic Shield' front fascia.